PMI '94 keynote address
leading in a world of change
This article features the keynote speech that Robert Kadlec, president and chief executive officer of the Canadian company, BC Gas, Inc., gave at the 1994 PMI annual conference. Mr. Kadlec noted that the rate of change has been accelerating at an increasingly rapid pace and said that the challenge is to live with it effectively and without damage to ourselves and our families. However, he also said that although people in Western society have come to worship progress, there is still resistance to change. People want clarity in times of rapid change, and leaders can help us to see a future state clearly and enable the action required to achieve that future state. He encouraged those aspiring to become leaders to be listeners and communicators and to not let expertise stand in the way of innovation.